Entertainment Movies Watch Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson Slyly Conspire in This Vivid New Clip from 'Carol' Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson play best friends discussing their love lives in this exclusive clip from Carol By Mike Miller Published on November 17, 2015 01:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson play best friends not afraid to share their secrets in this exclusive sneak peek from their upcoming film, Carol. The movie, an adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, won rave reviews when it premiered at Cannes. In the film, Blanchett plays the titular Carol, a wealthy housewife in the 1950s who enters into a secret romance with a younger woman, played by Rooney Mara. Paulson costars as Blanchett’s closest confidante in the film, and in the clip the two women discuss their ongoing romances. Paulson’s character, Abby, speaks of a crush on a steakhouse owner who is a “serious Rita Hayworth redhead.” Carol, meanwhile, is in the middle of an affair with 20-something Therese Belivet (Mara) and is preparing to head west “at least for a few weeks, until the hearing.” Cate Blanchett Says ‘Cinderella’ Has Great Message about Bullying Asked by Paulson to “tell me you know what you’re doing” in regards to the torrid relationship, Blanchett responds solemnly, “I don’t. I never did.” Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy, also stars Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith. It opens in limited release this Friday.